I wanted to volunteer overseas because I had a huge desire to travel while also wanting to work and actually experience living in a different country. Lattitude gave me the opportunity to live in a different country that was so far away from home while also being able to travel around Europe and the rest of the UK.
n my placement as an assistant English teacher at the local primary school in Berlanga de Duero, I help the students with everything from pronunciation and vocabulary to science and PE. The questions are never-ending: What’s the difference may and might? Is a penguin a carnivore, or an omnivore? When does a pond become a lake? Why doesn’t the magnetite work like a magnet?
Tim volunteered as a Teaching Assistant in west Poland and feels that it's one of the best periods of his life so far. He was initially nervous but used his initiative to find creative solutions that worked! Through his supported placement he was able to immerse within another country and culture and gain clarity about what he is truly passionate about.
After I finished high school, I decided to live in Ghana for 5 months volunteering as a Medical Assistant. This amazing opportunity was provided by the organisation Lattitude Global Volunteering. I quickly became part of a lovely family in Akim Oda, met amazing people who are now some of my closest friends, spent my weekdays expanding my knowledge at the Jubilee Hospital working alongside experienced nurses and doctors, and my weekends exploring the beautiful country. Deciding to take a Gap Year was one of the best decisions of my life.
Living in Ghana is like another world compared to back home, as everyday life is different in nearly every single way. Living in Ghana may be a shock at first as things that you have become used to using in your everyday life at home are no longer around, things such as dishwashers, running water, active showers, privacy, steady choice of food etc.
My first placement is at Jan Jose de Calasanz, a school for disabled adults and children. People who haven’t had much experience with people with disabilities often jump to the conclusion that they must all be terribly sad due to the perceived difficulties they have to live with, however, they couldn’t be more wrong. These children have smiles on their faces 24/7, they are the friendliest people I know, and they are always ready with a hug, hello and a kiss on the cheek.
Documenting your travels is proven to be extremely beneficial, from recalling your fond memories to reducing overall stress in your life. Here are some of the most important reasons to keeping a travel journal, and some effective tips on how to make it enjoyable.
I have learned all kinds of skills during my time here and had all kinds of incredible and valuable life experiences. However I think the main skill I have developed here is communication. Learning Japanese by being constantly surrounded by native speakers is amazing. It is very different and more effective than formal lessons and much more interactive.
I’ve learned so much by living and working in Fiji for 11 months, the type of education I could never have hoped to have back home and it has certainly made me think much more about what’s truly important in life. You come to appreciate the importance of community and sharing and realise just how materialistic our society is back home.